The Next Alien Film, Covenant, Will Be Shot In Sydney (With Two More To Follow)

Well, hopefully two more. But definitely one, with director Ridley Scott confirming last week that Sydney would play host to Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant.

The wheels were set in motion a few months back when Ridley met with Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to persuade Australia to "change [its] filmmaking incentives" and make the country more appealing to overseas productions, according to Fairfax's Garry Maddox.

Turns out that was all the convincing the government needed and now we're going to have xenomorphs in our own backyard.

Filming won't start until March next year once Michael Fassbender, who played the android David in Prometheus, comes on-board, but they do plan to stick around for a four-month shoot.

The article mentions that Ridley wants to pump out two additional Alien films, also in Sydney, though it all depends on if the government makes the "location offset" an ongoing thing.

Oh, and if Covenant is a success. That's pretty important.

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Image: 20th Century Fox